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15Th December 2017

From Trainee Diary: Connectivity round

What makes the world global in a way we all know it: a common space with dynamic interactions, immediate information exchange, shared views and values and ubiquitous awareness? One of the major factors in the effect at present and gaining importance over time is the increased capacity of connections that individuals, systems, societies, countries and continents establish and maintain between each other. Connectivity – the state or quality of being connected or interconnected – meets many influential trends of the XXI century and is a definite must-know for an automotive professional. Therefore our September trainee round was dedicated to Connectivity in all its aspects.

Trainee rounds itself are made to connect trainees to each other – in these monthly meetings we learn from each other’s rotation experiences and share the feelings and stories about the real projects performance. September round was the first for many of us who started in September (and we were full of excitement and curiosity) – so we were additionally connecting to the generation of trainees from spring and learning about their rotations under Logistics and Sales. Thanks to their wise organization of the round, we spent the first part of the day in one of the halls of the vibrant Skoda museum.

“The previous understanding of automotive connectivity was that the internet connection is brought to the car with a personal gadget of the user” – Vlastislav Štrunc from the International Sales Training and Quality in Sales department explained to us, – However, the brand new concept states that the car should have the internet connection itself with a SIM card integrated with an on-board smart system. It widens the car mobility and sustainability to an impressive scope: from the self-sustained city parking place detection and the automatic emergency call to tracing of the car last parking in case of the theft”. The theoretical essentials of the connectivity concept developed by Skoda were right away put into practice: in less than 2 minutes we made few cars at the Museum parking signal out loud from our smartphones with ŠKODA Connect app installed. Later on, we also checked the infotainment systems’ cross-country configurations and prices, as well as had a chance to get a hands-on experience with the onboard connectivity equipment and software.

The second part of the round, called “Explore Horizons”, was dedicated to connecting to the nature and to the land with the remarkable Skoda cars test drive. We drove most of the model row: FABIA, SUPERB, RAPID, OCTAVIA and KODIAQ (with various configurations) and had a lot of fun driving freely (young, wild and free!) through the few defined milestones on the map. Along the way we rotated in the cars, going through Cesky Raj (Czech Paradise) and Drábské Světničky. In here, we made a longer stop to climb the natural stone park formations and enjoy the magnificent bird’s-eye landscape views.

The end of the round meant to be a surprise: nobody knew what to expect from the poetic name “Hunting for treasure”. It appeared to be a treasure of team unity and spirit, as in the final point of our road ride at ŠKODA Development centre in Česana we joined the coaches from the Skoda Dragon Boat team and after an introduction to the rowing basics made a couple of boat swims altogether. The recipe for success is the coordinated action of the whole boat crew, so we trained our empathy and certainly muscles as well.

Our best finding from the day is strength of the #skodatrainee community – as we got so more interconnected and updated about the latest ŠKODA connectivity achievements.

Sergei, Trainee – Marketing; Communication strategy


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